The pride festival in the city traces its roots back to the early 2000s when a team of volunteers put together the first festival. The event has grown over the years and today Waterford City is one where lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are a welcome part of the wider community. It is this openness which prompted the team behind the event to create something that everyone, straight or gay, can enjoy together.
The line-up of events throughout the week ranges from a ghost walk through the historic Viking Triangle to The Mardi Gras Ball where X-Factor star Kitty Brucknell will perform. The Mardi Gras parade will take place on Saturday 1st June at 3pm leaving from The Plaza and will be followed by a street party in Railway Square. Steps star Faye Tozer will entertain the crowds that evening in Dignity.
Waterford Pride Chairman Shane McCrann said “This is a chance for us to create an event the entire South East region can celebrate and we invite everyone, gay or straight, to come and enjoy the week-long festival. We’re delighted to have Faye Tozer from Steps as our headline act and feel the events line-up has something for everyone. We’ve incorporated some of the New Orleans Mardi Gras themes and traditions and we hope everyone who visits experiences a little piece of that magic.”
For more information: www.waterfordmardigras.com